Pakistan: Forum of Rights Groups Demand Review Blasphemy Laws

A forum of leading rights organizations in Asia has urged the Pakistan government to enforce the law to address vigilante violence against religious minorities, saying the recent attack on Christians shows the ongoing misuse of the blasphemy laws in the country.

The Asian Forum for Development and Human Rights (FORUM-ASIA) and its six-member organizations made the call in an Aug. 24 statement referring to last week’s violence in Punjab province, in which more than 86 Christian homes and over 20 churches were attacked, forcing many Christian families to flee.

The attack in Jaranwala town in Punjab began on Aug. 16 after Muslims accused two Christians of committing blasphemy by allegedly desecrating the pages of the Quran.

Source: UCANews

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